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Hagan urging support for medical marijuana amendment

Published: Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.



By Marc Kovac



A state lawmaker isn’t holding his breath in anticipation of action by the Republican-controlled Ohio House on his proposal to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes.

Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, doesn’t think his House Bill 153 will move much beyond the sponsor testimony he offered before the chamber’s health committee Wednesday. It’s the latest attempt to legalize medical marijuana over recent general assemblies, none of which have gained support for passage.

So Hagan is urging support for a constitutional amendment on the issue.

“The only process left is the citizens’ initiative,” he said. “The people now have to speak up.”

Hagan joined representatives of the Ohio Rights Group Wednesday for a Statehouse press conference touting the benefits of marijuana for treatment of cancer, Crohn’s disease and other debilitating medical conditions.

Both Hagan’s legislation and the Ohio Rights Group’s proposed constitutional amendment would legalize marijuana for medical uses, with limits in place to prevent casual consumption.

“We, in this piece of legislation and in this initiative, want to make sure that it takes care of those individuals that are in pain, that are in chronic pain, and that we do everything we can to make sure that’s where it goes,” Hagan said.

The Ohio Rights Group received approvals from the attorney general and state ballot board to circulate petitions to place the issue before voters. Supporters will have to gain more than 380,000 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify.

It’s the third petition attempt for the group, the last of which netted about 5,000 signatures before members abandoned the effort due to lack of interest in a presidential election year and a less technologically savvy campaign.

“We have 13 months to collect the 385,000 signatures in order to put it on the ballot for 2014,” said John Pardee, the group’s president. “We will get that done. ... This is a safe alternative that’s nontoxic that people can use for a lifetime and not have ill effects.”


1michael1757(456 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

It help's me calm down,& relax.It relieves the pain in my feet.Maybe thats the buzz,but then,that what it supposed to do.It work's,& he now has to get 384,999 signature's.

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2biggee(43 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Bob don't you think your time could be better spent than pushing to legalize pot and protesting ( fill in the blank) ? Is that what your supporters sent you to Columbus for? Jeeezzz

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3NoBS(2511 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Hagan's a dope-addled fool. Last week (figuratively) he wanted to grow his own, claiming that would somehow magically bolster the state's tax revenues. Now he wants medical dope. Like there aren't already countless pieces of trash out there abusing prescription drugs.

Who keeps voting for this idiot, anyway?

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4Statesman01(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Bob go back to following orders from the party. When you venture away, your lack of original thought beings to manifest.

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5busyman(239 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

It is only a matter of time until this plant becomes legal in other states around us. Just like the casinos, Ohio had to wait until they were surrounded to see the light. Bob has not been my favorite politician when he was against fracking, but now he sees some case for this legislatiion. The money now being spent to buy the stuff illegally can be turned into a state source of revenue to help fund needed programs and not the drug Czars homes, cars and planes and pollice departments that are chasing dealers around after they kill someone. Wake up people!!!

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6Boardman120(82 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

On the same day the NTSB wants to lower the legal blood alcohol level to 0.05, Moron Bob Hagan wants the state to legalize medical marijuana.
It's like Hagan *tries* to be stupid, ironic, and irrelevant.
Or maybe, he's just an aging pothead. And there's hardly anything more pathetic than that.

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7redeye1(5414 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

We should all DEMAND that Booby takes a drug test. If he fails he should be put out to pasture. There was just an article in the newspaper on this topic on how it could be harmful to kids or grandkids of these people who need medical weed.

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8walter_sobchak(2508 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

“We will get that done. ... This is a safe alternative that’s nontoxic that people can use for a lifetime and not have ill effects.”

Really? Non-toxic? The cases of marijuana poisoning in children is skyrocketing in Colorado as kids are unknowingly ingesting it from Grandpa's brownies or cookies. Not to mention the carcinogens in it. Nothing worse than a 65 year old pothead with their addled brain, similar to Buckwheat. One of the biggest problems here is,with smoking medical marijuana, there is no dosage due to the variability of teh product. This makes it very difficult for a physicians to accurately prescribe other necessary medications due to drug interactions.

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9republicanRick(1578 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Bob Hagan sure knows how to court the wacko vote - first the anti-fracking nuts and now the dopers.
Hagan gives a voice to the feeble minded, that's for sure.

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10papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

marijuana to lessen the effects of chemotherapy? absolutely! marijuana to get high? absolutely not!

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11georgejeanie(1271 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Hagan, you are just another embarrassment to the Mahoning Valley. We are the laughing stock for the rest of the great state of Ohio.

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12peggygurney(408 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Medicinal purposes - ok.
Otherwise - no.

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13LtMacGowan(695 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Way to go Hagan keep fighting and I'll keep voting for you.

Because having Marijuana illegal has sure stopped people from using it..

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14JLebowski(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Just out of curiosity, where are the anti-marijuana commenters getting there information? I would appreciate it if any of you would support your Reefer Madness comments with facts.

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15Bman(151 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago


....This is how silly the marijuana laws are--the entire culture's basis for demonizing marijuana is that video from the 1930s.

Wasted government money fighting something less devastating than beer.

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16cambridge(3811 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago


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17VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Indian's pitcher Chris Perez should be Hagan's spokesperson, as he is suffering from an injury and had marijuana mailed to his home. He and his wife were both arrested!

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18aayo(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Nothing could be worse than what is currently being prescribed to people for their pain. With Percocet and Oxy being highly addictive and highly destructive to not only the patient to which they are prescribed but to the family. Watching helplessly, their loved one spiral straight down the tubes.

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19southsidedave(5172 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

a legal "high" and taxes to the feds...perfect!

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